Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig usually show their red-carpet ready collection as a presentation, but this season they brought their designs to a lavish runway show at the Plaza Hotel
Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig brought their red-carpet ready dresses and gowns to the runway this season for the first time since their debut in 2006, showing their Spring 2012 collection in the Palm Court of the Plaza Hotel.
Heavy-hitting models like Karen Elson, Karolina Kurkova and Karlie Kloss walked in the show.
The collection was inspired by an Ilya Repin painting called "Sadko in the Underwater Kingdom" and the idea of princesses of the sea.
Mermaid gowns, naturally, played into the theme.
Feathers were meant to capture the movement of plants in the water.
Some of the hips of garments were sculpted to look like fins.
Tulle, organza, intricate beading -- all Marchesa signatures -- were omnipresent in this collection.
Many of the gowns had an ethereal Grecian feel to them.
There were also references to the 1920s and flappers in the collection.
Christian Louboutin, who normally creates sky-high stilettos for Marchesa's fashion week presentations, created a wedge this round so the models would have an easier time walking.
Marchesa stayed away from the the rainbow brights that have been dominating the runways this season instead opting for a muted lavender, silver, white and nude color palette.
Marchesa's designs are feats of technical ability and this collection was no different.
Coral-like patterns were embroidered on tulle so delicate and sheer it almost appeared to not be there.
On other gowns, sequins were visible just below layers of draped tulle.
Stars dominated the front row including Emma Roberts and Courtney Love.
Le Metier de Beaute created an ethereal nude face for the show.
Renato Campora for Frederic Fekkai created a sleek stick straight ponytail to balance out the dramatic clothing in the collection. Charlotte Free, who has pink hair, was allowed to keep her neon locks for the show.